After a fun filled day of rides, snacks, and getting to know campus clubs and organizations, Binghamton’s 20th University Fest came to a close at the fountain with a concert. Sponsored by Binghamton Underground Music Presents (BUMP), Wild Nothing was set to preform on stage at 6:00pm.
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I saw Marina and the Diamonds today at Central Park with my little sister, who got tickets for her birthday (and didn’t really have friends to go with). I’ve never really bothered to listen to her music, and when I arrived at the venue, I knew why. Fitting for my sister’s demographic, the line outside the venue was cluttered with girls in their early teens, heart on their cheeks, talking to their friends about boys, all while taking millions of selfies for snapchat and the like. There’s nothing wrong with any of this, but it just wasn’t my “crowd” - none of this really mattered because I was there for my sister.
After being disappointed time and time again with the musical acts my university has decided to bring to our campus (Yellowcard, Afrojack, Wiz Khalifa, etc.), myself and other music fans have had to rely on smaller student organizations to bring actual good music to campus. Through groups like Binghamton Underground Music Presents and WHRW, we’ve had great bands come around to lonely ol’ Binghamton. WHRW’s annual end of the year celebration, Moefest, was the saving grace of the year after having Yellowcard at our Spring Fling. When I learned that Real Estate, a band that I’ve loved for years was going to come to Binghamton, I was fucking excited. I don’t think that there was any other way to end a tough semester on such a high note.
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